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Biden ‘Railroaded’ Workers, and Maybe Himself

The nationwide railroad strike that was threatened for Dec. 9 did not take place. In effect, the Biden Administration and Congress ordered workers to accept the terms of a tentative agreement their

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Socialists Eyed in BLET Prez Loss

Dennis R. Pierce is out as President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) following his election defeat by Edward A. Hall, who will take office Jan. 1. Although an

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Get Used to Higher Railcar Prices and Lease Rates

“Rational” and “Disciplined” are words rarely used when talking about freight railcar supply. But perhaps this time is different.

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Just What Does STB Consider ‘Reasonable’?

Union Pacific and Sanimax are currently engaged in an interesting bit of litigation. It’s not a rate case or anything I worked on in my more than 15 years at the Surface Transportation Board. The question is whether UP has violated its “common carrier obligation.”

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Conversation with Denver RTD Chief of Police and Emergency Management Dr. Joel Fitzgerald Sr.

RTD’s newest Chief of Police and Emergency Management, Dr. Joel Fitzgerald Sr., joined the agency in August 2022 and carries primary responsibility for customer safety and security across the eight counties and

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Rail Labor’s Risky Gambit

“Biden stabs unions and workers in the back,” shouted a headline describing rail labor’s reaction following the President’s Dec. 2 signing into law of a congressional resolution (H.J. Res. 100) imposing on

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Three New Starts and a Bus Bridge

The number of new rail transit starts in the United States has slowed in recent years, probably due at least in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three years ago, I held the

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Precision Schedule? STB Review Might Actually Test This ‘Marketing Term‘

Where are the Class I railroads in improving their actual service metrics as the upcoming Union Pacific rail embargo STB investigation comes close to its Dec. 13-14 date in Washington? Following are summary observations and some independent commentary.

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WHITE PAPER: Crossing Safety and Trespassing Prevention: Unfinished Business

My principal responsibilities during my working life were focused directly on railroad safety, including work at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) from initial employment as a research assistant (legal clerk), attorney working

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Super Chief Memories

FROM THE EDITOR, DECEMBER 2022 ISSUE: Most of you are aware that I have several extra-curricular interests—motorsports, performance cars (classic and modern), jazz music. Well, I confess that my love of railroading

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